Appropriate for Sociology of the Family or Psychology of the Family courses found in sociology, psychology, social work, nursing, early childhood education, and human services departments. Changing Families includes all of the topics traditionally found in family textbooks as well as several chapters and many sections that are unique and innovative. It contains a more comprehensive overview of families with attention paid to a variety of domains relevant to the study of family dynamics. Students who use this text will be exposed to a wider range of theoretical perspectives and methods, and a fuller picture of modern family life in all its richness, diversity, and contexts. Broad themes such as social inequalities, gender roles, and the functional community, with a focus on social policies regarding families link the content together in an integrative framework.